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March 6, 2009

Angelina Jolie likes SALT...

I went to work yesterday thinking it was going to be an average Thursday. I also planned on leaving work at 4:30pm. There were not many expectations for this particular day especially because most of my co-workers were out of town at a conference in Phoenix, AZ. As the lackluster day was winding down I received a call around 3:45pm on my cell phone from my office mate who had just left work to go to a night class. This call changed my day and my life forever. Paraphrased below is the only thing I can distinctly remember her saying and after that I completely tuned out. I was on a mission driven by fanaticism.

"Hey I just walked out of the building and they are filming some Angelina Jolie movie out here up by L'Enfant Plaza."

FYI in case you didn’t know I love Angelina Jolie.

spl84805_001.jpgI think my immediate response was something to the effect of "oh my God I need to leave work." My heart was racing and I was becoming flushed. I walked over to my manager while still on the phone with my office mate and stood in his door [not the most tactful of moments, but it worked out]. I am sure at this time he thought I was having some kind of family emergency because I just kept uttering "oh my God" over and over. I quickly got off the phone with my office mate and told my manager I needed to leave work because Angelina Jolie was up the street filming a movie and she is hands down my number one favorite actress.

He replied "oh yeah I was going to tell you guys about that, but I forgot." After explaining my undying fandom to him I ran back to my office. I don’t think he could have told me no lol. Needless to say I left work two minutes after and the last thing my manager said as I was leaving was "hurry they are losing daylight." It is for reasons like these that I love working for him. He totally understood that this was a once and a lifetime experience for me and that as a true blue fan I had to go. I mean I was practically hyperventilating.

0306090720567h.jpgWhen I reached the set of Salt it was amazing. To think that a place that I walk to daily to catch the metro or buy some lunch was now part of a major motion picture starring Angelina Jolie made me melt. After arriving I made friends with one of the techs and he first informed me that Angelina Jolie was wearing jeans, a long black The North Face jacket [that upon closer inspection appeared to be goose down], and a black hat. I also learned that the crew had been shooting at the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter metro station earlier in the day and that Liev Schreiber was also in the film [I actually got within 15 feet of him in between shots].

spl84805_012.jpgWith this wealth of knowledge in hand I moved closer and closer to the set. I had to keep in mind that there were two Angelina Jolie doubles present on set as well [one for lighting rehearsals/tests and one for the more challenging tucking and rolling related stunts]. I spent over 2 hours at the set watching them film a scene in which Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor chase after Angelina Jolie. They must have shot it about 8 times [amazing!].

I think it goes without saying that this was the best day of my life! Have I mentioned that? I keep reiterating it to everyone I see, talk to and work with. I have been smiling from ear to ear for the past 24 hours. I am pretty sure I was even smiling in my sleep. I woke up excited to go to work because I was just amped about this entire experience. Unfortunately the only camera that I had was on my cell phone so I will link to a few sites that have better shots from yesterday’s shooting.

And in the end the best person to thank is my officemate.

Some good photos from yesterday's filiming can be found here and here.

March 19, 2009

St. Patty's Day Leads To Ride "All Night Long"

cp1_0317092053.jpgSt. Patrick’s Day - Washington, D.C. 2009
As I was heading home from an early night of dinner and drinks I couldn't help but to think about those poor souls that didn't have to work the day after St. Patrick's Day. I had eaten dinner with friends at Capitol City Brewery. I refer to these all night party-goers as poor souls for the sheer reason that many of them would end up like the man I photographed here.

Often times a nap on the train after a night of fun can lead to missing your stop completely or becoming stranded in a place far from your original destination. This gentleman rode the train from Union Station to the end of the Orange line, woke up for a brief moment [I assumed it was his stop] and then went back to sleep. Who knows how long this guy kept riding? And to give you a little indication of the time it was only 9:00pm when I got to my station and the trains run until about midnight Monday through Thursday.

March 26, 2009

Blogging Often Comes In Spurts...

Over the past month I was stricken with an unbelievable case of writers block [I am not even sure that is what you would call it, but I have nothing better at this point]. Basically, I have had several great ideas for new blog entries and pop culture analyses, but have had neither the inspiration nor time to bring them to light and actually hit the publish button within Movable Type. Currently I have a Word document that is titled “blog notes” and it includes all of the things I keep meaning to blog about. I have even been in contact with a fellow blogger that is eagerly awaiting my comparison of Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” to his other series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

There will be a specific focus on the father/daughter relationship that exists between Buffy Summers and her Watcher, Rupert Giles, and Echo/Caroline and her Handler, Boyd Langton. The dynamic between Slayers and Watchers is remarkably similar to that of Actives and Handlers. There is so much to talk about and from the research I already completed it appears that not many other people have yet to explore this topic. Alas, that is only a taste of the real work I would like to accomplish over the next few months. I have been contemplating revising some of my early BTVS work and pursuing publication or at least trying to present some of it at a Buffy convention if possible. I am currently looking into meeting up with a group called the Washington Whedonites at their next meeting on April 9, 2009 to discuss my thoughts on all things Whedon.

March 30, 2009

Review: Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

Movie Poster_Sunshine Cleaning.jpgI went into this movie with incredibly high expectations and can proudly say that those expectations were exceeded. Sunshine Cleaning, which was produced by the independent film company Big Beach, had the same enigmatic spark as the companies’ previous projects which included, but were not limited to SherryBaby (the reason I began to like Maggie Gyllenhaal), and Little Miss Sunshine.

The film’s opening scene is a powerful one to say the least. A man sitting in his car (a non-plot related character) places a shot gun shell in his pocket and enters a sporting goods store. He then proceeds to ask to see a shotgun and loads it when the clerk is not looking. He kills himself in the store. Death is a very prominent theme in the film as a whole (similar to Little Miss Sunshine).

To say that one could find joy and happiness in a film about a single mother running a crime scene cleanup business (similar to Merry Maids only with more bodily fluids), while at the same time carrying on a long term love affair with her married high school sweetheart (Steve Zahn) is a little shocking in and of itself. But that is exactly what happenes. Sure there was the fair amount of morbid humor, gore and sadness (one would expect this given the film’s premise), but there is something very endearing about its characters.

I make the prediction that Emily Blunt (best known for The Devil Wears Prada and My Summer of Love) will come away from this film with at least a best supporting actress nomination. Norah_Sunshine.jpgShe was by far the scene stealer that made this movie. Her character Norah can be best described as a mess. She has issues routed in abandonment, possessiveness, and substance abuse. She even befriends a dead woman’s daughter in order to bond with someone else lacking a mother in their life.

The gravitation that I felt towards Blunt’s character in Sunshine Cleaning was similar to that of Angelina Jolie’s character Lisa, in Girl Interrupted. Blunt’s American accent makes for an entertaining element to the film as well (she has it down). There is a particularly powerful scene where Norah is at the train tracks crying out to the heavens and trying to understand her dead mother’s suicide motivations.

Amy Adams, who plays Blunt’s sister, is not a bad actress, but played a seemingly pathetic and predictable character. I felt like her portrayal of Rose was similar to that of Lisa Nova’s ‘affirmation girl’ on YouTube (which is not a good thing). I also felt that her character lacked the ability to be fully independent of the other characters and really drive the main story line (she was the main character). I would not have wanted to see a film solely about Rose. Investment in her character is required in order to understand the film, but it is not something one would do willingly. You feel so bad for Rose that in the end you are obligated to root for her.

After seeing Sunshine Cleaning I also came to the conclusion that Amy Adams’ serious acting style is comparative to Kristen Wiig’s comedic style (also not a good thing). I kept watching Adams on screen and thinking Wiig in my brain. Although I love Kristen Wiig I did not want to be thinking about her SNL skits while watching a completely unrelated film. The association proved to be distracting.

On a scale of 1-10 I would rate this film an 8.5 with have no qualms about recommending it to friends. It was definitely not the waste of a Sunday afternoon and I would see it again if asked by a friend.

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